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Safari 708: accommodation in mid-specification lodges and tented camps

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Day 1
Visited park: Tarangire
Dinner and overnight: Tarangire Safari Lodge
Upon arrival at Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport you will be met by your private guide and car and depart to Tarangire NP.
August, September and October are great months for Tarangire since the entire cast of migratory animals should have definitely returned into the park concentrating along the river valley and swamps, including felines ... Matchless, at this time of the year, by any other park of the northern circuit is the huge number of elephants that one can encounter: herds counting up to 100 individuals are no exception and there is a valley where at a glance we have been able to estimate something like 1000 individuals ... unforgettable the majestic and enigmatic baobabs that dot the north of the park.

Day 2
Visited park: Tarangire
Dinner and overnight: Tloma mountain Lodge
A new day of game driving in Tarangire that you will leave late in the afternoon in order to get closer to Serengeti.

Day 3
Visited park: Serengeti central
Dinner and overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati
In central Serengeti the severe dryness forced animals to adapt to different lifestyles than in green season. ... Gazelles and antelopes had to gather along permanent rivers and water sources ... predators are compelled to compress their territory close to the same water sources ... Seronera is now hosting the largest population of cats in Africa ...

Day 4
Visited park: Serengeti central and surroundings
Dinner and overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati
A full day out in the bush ... at dawn to sight predators hunting or returning from their nightly hunting forays and to witness cubs playing ... nearby the river courses where predators wait their preys moving along very predictable routes ... driving through alternative and more remote locations in the afternoon in order to enjoy a truly excellent wilderness experience where almost no other cars will be met ... lunch at the camp or pic nic, since you are travelling with private car and vehicle you can entirely dictate the pace of your day.

Day 5
Visited park: Serengeti north-east and Mara
Dinner and overnight: Lemala Mara
In August the wildebeest migration has usually reached the Serengeti Mara region and river crossing ... one of the most impressive scenes that you can witness ... should be in full swing ... After breakfast you will leave for Serengeti Mara where you will arrive after about five hours game driving accross the park ... once there you will start game driving along the Mara River banks looking for wildebeest herds ready to cross ...

Note: unlike the other facilities of this itinerary which all provide an average level of servicing, Lemala Mara is a relatively high-specification mobile tented camp. This sector of the park lacks of mid-specification facilities and only offers accommodation in rustic or luxurious camps. If you can adapt to lower budget options then you might consider staying at:
Serengeti Savannah Camp north: set about 1 km far from the river, open from July the 20th]
Serengeti Wilderness Camp north: set about 30 min. away from the river, open from July the 1st]
Alternatively, should you prefer to save some more money, you might consider to stay at Lobo Wildlife Lodge in north-eastern Serengeti and reach Serengeti Mara with a daily game drive from there. From Lobo it will take about 3 hours to arrive in the Mara region and again 3 hours to come back. Transfers occur inside the park and are game drives to all effects.

Day 6
Visited park: Serengeti Mara and Lamai wedge
Dinner and overnight: Lobo Wildlife Lodge
Moving along the Mara river banks you might be able to sight elephants herds passing from one side to the other, large families of hippos resting in the water, huge Nile crocodiles and with a little luck wildebeest crossing the river... the Lamai wedge on the other side of the river and the beginning of the Mara watershed where little by little the acacia groves give way to the open savanna. This is one of the most remote areas of Serengeti, topographically very similar to Kenyan Masai Mara which extends beyond the border, here you can possibly sight wildebeest herds but also many other herbivores along with their predators although sightings of cats never reach that of central Serengeti at this time of the year. By mid-afternoon you will continue game driving towards Lobo reaching the lodge in about 3 hours.

Note: instead of moving to Lobo we can arrange two consecutive nights in Serengeti Mara which will allow you to gain some time and stay longer in the Lamai wedge or enjoy another game drive along the river at sunset. Spending two nights here, at this time of the year, it is well worth.

Day 7
Visited park: western-central Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Dinner and overnight: Ndutu safari Lodge
After an early morning game drive in the beautiful landscape of Lobo you will leave for Lake Ndutu which straddles the border between Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ndutu is a much visited area between December and April when the migration gathers on these fertile short grass plains to graze and calve but in dry season, when all mobile camps move northwards it remains equally interesting given the good deal of resident wildlife and even more pleasant considering the little number of cars game driving around which also prevents animals to be disturbed and increases changes of enhanced sightings ...

Day 8
Visited park: Ngorongoro crater
Dinner and overnight: Ngorongoro Farm House
Today you will explore the famous caldera, one of the most fascinating places of Africa. Thanks to the variety of habitats [long and short grasses savannahs, acacia forest, woodland, clearings, swamps, freshwater and soda lakes] it hosts all year round about 30.000 animals ...

Day 9
Breakfast and return back to Arusha. Time permitting visit Mto wa Mbu market or enjoy a visit to a coffee plantation with hot lunch [the visit to the coffee plantation has to be requested at the time of booking].


2014 Price per pers.
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2 travellers
Price per pers.
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4 travellers
Price per pers.
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6 travellers
Aug to Oct $ 3925 $ 3230 $ 2998

Price includes:
Safari with private guide and 4x4 safari vehicle at your exclusive use
Accommodation in double
Full Board basis inclusive of a selection of beverages at Lemala Mara
Full board basis exclusive of beverages at all other facilities
Water [1,5 Lt per person per day], tea and coffee during game drives
Parks and conservation fees
AMREF urgent evacuation cover

Price excludes:
Beverages except where otherwise stated
Medical expenses insurance
Entry visa
Tips

Reductions and supplements:
Day 4
Stay at Serengeti Savannah Camp north instead than Lemala Mara: reduction of usd 214 per night per person
Stay at Serengeti Wilderness Camp north instead than Lemala Mara: reduction of usd 161 per night per person
Stay at Lobo Wildlife Lodge instead than Lemala Mara: reduction of usd 310 per night per person
Day 5
Stay at Lemala Mara instead than Lobo: supplement of usd 310 per night per person
Stay at Serengeti Savannah Camp north instead than Lobo: supplement of usd 96 per night per person
Stay at Serengeti Wilderness Camp north instead than Lobo: supplement of usd 149 per night per person

Extras on request:
Activities combinable with your safari.


Private guide and 4x4 safari vehicle at your exclusive use;

Accommodation in mid-specification facilities and relatively high in Serengeti Mara;

Meet some members of the Hadzabe bushmen, a tribe refusing modernity. Go hunting with men or gathering with women.

In Tarangire: large herds of elephants, many herbivores and their predators ... even African hunting dogs if you are lucky ...

In central Serengeti: plenty of gazelles; high concentration of cats and in particular leopards, lions and cheetahs ... hyenas, jackals, vultures and marabou ... herbivores and other resident species including the little Bat-eared Fox.

In Serengeti Mara: wildebeest river crossings, huge Nile crocodiles, large families of hippos ...

In Ndutu: one of the most relevant population of cheetahs of all Serengeti, lions, hippos, many birds, off-road rare species such as the striped hyena ... off-road game drives but above all a virtually private Serengeti

In the Ngorongoro crater: zebras, elephants, buffalos, rhinos, lions and cheetahs ... with a little luck leopards along with serval cats ... virtually all the cast except giraffes